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Referee says down marker was moved incorrectly late in Giants' 24-17 win over Redskins

New York Giants free safety Will Hill, right, takes the football away from Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Landover, Md. The Giants won 24-17. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

New York Giants free safety Will Hill, right, takes the football away from Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Landover, Md. The Giants won 24-17. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)  (The Associated Press)

Referee Jeff Triplette says the down marker was moved incorrectly on the Washington Redskins' last possession of a 24-17 loss to the New York Giants.

Speaking to a pool reporter after Monday night's game, Triplette says play was not halted to correct the down marker because it happened in the last two minutes and the Redskins — who were out of timeouts — would have been given "an unfair advantage."

On a second-and-5 play, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III completed a pass to Pierre Garcon. The play gained 4 yards, making it third-and-1, but the down marker was shifted, indicating there was a first down. Washington coach Mike Shanahan says he asked an official for a measurement and was told it was first down.

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